The German automaker stated that the breakthrough technology in automobiles, which has only been used as a concept thus far, are serious about its intended impact on health
The German automaker Audi AG is developing an “automotive health,” which is dedicated to enhancing someone’s health and fitness while they drive a car. As a founding partner in Berlin’s Flying Health Incubator, which supports start-ups that develop digital innovations in the healthcare sector, Audi is working to develop Audi Fit Driver, a system that will integrate wearable technology with the car’s own sensors.
The automaker, under the motto – My Audi cares for me – envisions Audi Fit Driver becoming a supportive driving companion that enables drivers to reach their destination in a more relaxed and healthy state than when they got into the car. The functioning is attached with the car’s sensors, which will work together with a wearable – such as a smart watch – to monitor the driver’s vital signs, such as heart rate and skin temperature.
The sensors will provide the data along with the information on driving style, breathing rate and relevant environmental data, such as weather and traffic conditions. The car’s systems will respond to invigorate, relax or even protect the driver: for example, with a seat massage, appropriate air conditioning and interior lighting, adaptive infotainment, or in a later development phase, a piloted emergency stop.
“More than ever, health and fitness are becoming top priorities in our daily life. With the fully connected car, we are creating the time and space to respond to this need while also driving.” Dietmar Voggenreiter, Audi AG’s board member for sales and marketing said in a statement. “Automotive health is an outstanding example of the many opportunities that digitalization opens up for us.”
Audi Fit Driver is far from ready to roll – it’s only being used in concept cars thus far – but the developers are serious about its intended impact on health. It will also institute ways to reduce the driver’s stress level or improve concentration. If the system detects the driver is stressed out, it will initiate a video tutorial for a breathing exercise. After assessing traffic conditions, it might also recommend a break.
Inputs from mobihealthnews.com